Thomas Telford’s magnificent Pontcysyllte Aqueduct has been named as one of the alternative modes of transport that will be used during the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay Route. The news has been warmly received by the host community in Trevor who are planning to hold a celebration event to mark the arrival of the Olympic Flame on 30 May 2012.
Precise details of what will happen on the day have not been released yet but the whole community is invited to come together to share the excitement of the Relay and celebrate the achievements of the Torchbearers. The Torch will leave Wales via the Aqueduct route as it continues its journey into England.
Three other communities in Wrexham, Rhostyllen, Acrefair and the town centre have also been named to host the Torchbearers and celebrations will be planned for these and the wider communities in the county borough.
The Aqueduct is one of just a few landmarks and special activities announced today by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) through which the Olympic Flame will be carried by Torchbearers during the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay which is presented by Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung. LOCOG has worked closely with representatives from a number of sectors in Wrexham to include these on the route and the majority of other special events and activities will be confirmed next year to build further excitement and anticipation much closer to the time of the Torch Relay.
Sebastian Coe, Chair of LOCOG said:
“We are thrilled to confirm that the Olympic Flame will be visiting the famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct as part of its journey around the UK. We have worked hard to devise a route that achieves the optimum mix of proximity to people whilst taking in diversity of the UK’s landscape and landmarks, and by taking in this area and Telford’s alternative mode of transport we are doing just that. This is the UK’s moment to shine and I want to encourage people across Wrexham to start planning how they can be part of this once in a lifetime opportunity and show their support for the inspirational Torchbearers chosen to carry the Olympic Flame as we count down to the start of the Olympic Games.”
The 70 day Olympic Torch Relay, will start at Land’s End, Cornwall on the morning of 19 May 2012. On leaving Land’s End, the Olympic Flame will travel an estimated 8,000 miles around the UK giving thousands of communities and individuals their moment to shine as the Olympic Flame comes to a place near them.
In announcing the villages, towns and cities and some of the landmarks and alternative modes of transport the Flame will take in as part of its journey, LOCOG has realised the aspiration of taking the Olympic Flame to within an hour’s journey time of 95% of the population. In fact, over 95% of the population will be within just 10 miles of the Olympic Flame next summer. The street by street detail of the route will be confirmed next year.
People are invited to view the interactive map at www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelaymap to find their nearest community through which the Olympic Flame will be carried.
On the final day of the Olympic Torch Relay, it is LOCOG’s intention that the Olympic Flame will travel down the River Thames as it makes its way to the Olympic Stadium on 27 July 2012 for the lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony, signifying the official start of the London 2012 Olympic Games. For logistical reasons, not all the landmarks will be accessible to large crowds but LOCOG have worked with the local areas to ensure that there is as much public access as possible.
The Olympic Flame will be carried across the UK by 8,000 inspirational Torchbearers each of whom will have a story of personal achievement and/or contribution to the local community. In December this year, successful nominees will be contacted with a conditional offer and final Torchbearer places will start to be confirmed from February 2012 onwards.
The Local Leader programme is an opportunity for people in communities across the UK to celebrate the Games in their local areas. A Local Leader is someone who makes things happen – they organise, they pull people together, they have passion for the Games and want to celebrate.
By signing up, Local Leaders will be given tools to help plan and get ready to celebrate the Games. From ‘Gardening for the Games’ to planning a sports quiz or ‘Opening Night In’ with friends and family, they will get hints and tips to help them plan their celebrations and access to exclusive toolkits and merchandise to help them along the way. We want the whole of the UK to get involved and celebrate the Games together and it is the Local Leaders who can help make this happen.
The Get Set for the Olympic Torch Relay scheme aims to help schools teach the relay’s history, the design of London 2012’s relay and the torch itself.
The education resource aims to provide schools with cross curricular resources aimed at teachers working with 3-16 year olds.
It is open to schools that are part of the London 2012 education programme, Get Set.
A further resource will launch next year to encourage schools to plan a welcome for the Olympic flame and show support for the torchbearers. More than 20,500 schools have already registered with the programme. Schools that are not part of the Get Set programme have the opportunity to join when the second round the applications opens on 28 November. Schools that join the programme by 16 December 2011 will also secure an allocation of free tickets to the games through the London 2012 ticketshare initiative.
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